Open-Mic Poetry Reading

Coffee and Oatmeal It’s 6:10 AM on Monday morning, January 6, 2020. I’m out of the house and at my favorite coffeehouse. I have a tall Pike Place Roast coffee and a bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar. Writing, walking, paying property taxes, house cleaning, and doing household budget/tax stuff is on my day’s agenda… Continue reading Open-Mic Poetry Reading

The Flu Shot Didn’t Work

Tested Positive for Type A & B Flu It’s Friday, January 3, 2020. I have a 9 AM appointment with the doctor today. I have a bad right earache as well as equilibrium issues. My right tonsil feels like it is swollen. My guess is the issues are related to my testing positive for Flu… Continue reading The Flu Shot Didn’t Work

New Year, New Beginning

New Year, New Beginning Dating is a big step for me. I’ve been a widower since April 2018.  Last winter, I had a long-time friend have her hubby pass away. Around the first of May, I became bold and told her that when she was ready to consider going out to eat or having coffee… Continue reading New Year, New Beginning

The New Normal

I’ve been a widower since April 12, 2018. That’s the date my wife died. We had been married since 1974. That’s a long time. Sometimes I feel like she died yesterday. The memories are still very fresh. Just this week, I attended the funeral of a friend’s wife in the very chapel where my sweetheart’s memorial… Continue reading The New Normal

How to Survive A Grease Fire In Your Oven

Scary Flash Grease Fire The picture is not my oven. However … I had a terrifying flash grease fire in my oven this past Sunday. I had been broiling burgers and had a “boom” and flames shooting out from around the oven door about a foot on all sides before dying. The fire was hot… Continue reading How to Survive A Grease Fire In Your Oven

A Home or a Museum?

A Home or a Museum? I attended a multi-week grief, loss, and transition workshop about five months after my wife passed away. There was one statement shared during the course that caught my attention. The leader said while it is okay to maintain memories of our dearly departed, we need to be careful not to… Continue reading A Home or a Museum?

6 Tips on Figuring Out Your Bills for Widowers

6 Tips on Figuring Out Your Bills for Widowers The Way We Were I married my senior year of college. When I graduated from university, I received a commission as an officer in the US Army and was selected for active duty. I soon found myself gone from home on training assignments or lengthy deployments… Continue reading 6 Tips on Figuring Out Your Bills for Widowers

12 Tips for Buying Groceries for Widowers

12 Tips for Buying Groceries for Widowers I was married for over forty-three years when my wife died. She did the grocery shopping in our household. Her death forced me to buy groceries. When I first went to the store, it took me over three hours, and I didn’t have what I needed. As the… Continue reading 12 Tips for Buying Groceries for Widowers

Lessons Learned from Your Late Spouse Can Save Your Life

EPISODE 6 Preventive Check-up On March 22nd I went to the dermatologist for a routine preventive check-up. My interest in getting a heck of my skin started with a kick in the seat of my pants from my late wife. She had been diagnosed with Melanoma Cancer in June 2015. She scheduled an appointment for me… Continue reading Lessons Learned from Your Late Spouse Can Save Your Life

One Way For Grown Children to Keep Track of You

Where’s Dad? If you’re in good health and live on your own, your adult children don’t need to know your every whereabouts. They do not need to know everything you are doing. Attempting to do this will drive you and your kids crazy.  If you require that level of care, there are facilities and services… Continue reading One Way For Grown Children to Keep Track of You